Homeschool Mother’s Journal–Cabin Fever Sets In and I Get Another Diagnosis, Of Sorts

In my life this week… I do believe that I am beginning to go a bit mad. Dora came down with a cold last week and we have spent almost two weeks at home. Plus, Dora is a horrid child to deal with when she is sick. She won’t slow down or sleep any extra. Instead, she wants to go non-stop, as usual, but behaves irrationally cranky in the process. I finally took her to the pediatrician this week and she has tonsillitis. This is only the second time in my 21 years of parenting that I have had to deal with tonsillitis and the other time was just last month with Tertia, so it is a bit oddly coincidental. The pediatrician put Dora on antibiotics, but they don’t seem to be helping any, yet her symptoms are supposedly bacterial.imageIn other health news, I finally saw the rheumatologist. The diagnosis process is far from complete, but at this point in time I have been diagnosed with an undifferentiated connective tissue disorder. I’d love to explain a bit more about what this means, but I really don’t understand it myself, plus the rheumatologist is doing testing for more specific diseases, so this really might not be what my final diagnosis is. The rheumatologist needs to confer with my nephrologist, but the current plan will be to start me on hydroxychloroquine, which is a drug for malaria, when I go back to see her in two weeks and we are able to review my latest batch of lab results. Meanwhile, there is some concern that my liver may be damaged, which would mean that I would also need to see a hepatologist (if nothing else, I am certainly learning the names of a lot of medical specialists). Also, the bottom number of my blood pressure, which has always been very low, has been getting higher each month. I have no idea what that means, but it is not making any of my doctors happy.8th Grade CurriculumIn our homeschool this week… Dora has not done much of anything the last two weeks, but Gohan has soldiered on. He has really been struggling with the essay he had to write for his 8th grade Oak Meadow Language Arts assignment, but I think he may actually have a completed essay by tomorrow. My hair may have all turned gray in the process, but I think he is beginning to understand how to write an essay. (Famous last words!) Saxon Algebra is going fairly well, Gohan is struggling a lot with unit conversion (converting cm to yards and so forth). He understands the overall concept, but will make incredible computational errors when doing the problems. I feel that this means that his brain has to work so hard on setting up the formula, it just flounders when it comes time to solve it. He also is struggling some with the geometry aspects of the curriculum. He is almost finished with his world history studies for the year and he continues to take chemistry and chess at our local co-op. He has really enjoyed the chess class and has even begun competing in tournaments. His drama production class is halfway through and will be presenting their play to the public at the  beginning of May. I’m sad to report that he has dropped taekwondo, but am happy to report that I won’t have to fight him to attend anymore.Things I’m working on… Projects with Heather Ross fabric. I just learned, via a review of her book, Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started, that you can buy some of her fabric designs from Spoonflower. They cost an arm and leg, but still are cheap compared to buying her fabric from anyone else. Plus, the overall cost of clothing made from these fabrics is still much cheaper than buying designer clothing. I bought some fabric to make matching outfits for Dora and the Waldorf doll that she received for Christmas. I also bought some fabric to make me some skirts, as I pretty much live in skirts during the summer. Sewing is not my strong suit, so I am hoping to keep these projects very simple.I’m cooking… I’ve been making a lot of soup and breads with recipes from The Waldorf School Book of Soups and The Waldorf Book of Breads. I find that both soups and breads are relatively easy ways to sneak in more vegetables and fruits to our meals. Dora has recently started resisting eating as healthily as she used to, so I am trying to be a bit more creative with her meal preparation. I doubt I’ll keep this up for long, as making soups, especially, can be very draining with all of the prep work, so I have been cooking them on Sundays. Soon my Sundays will need to be devoted to our garden though. The good news is that Dora will eat a lot more fresh produce once it starts coming straight from our garden, so I won’t really need to make soups anyway.

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Labels: Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorder, Wrapping Up Our Week
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff